The Chairman, Board of Directors, Kaduna Electric, Alh. Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar, has called on electricity consumers to avoid all forms of energy theft to enable the company provide better services.
In the same vein, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kaduna State Chapter represented by the Vice Chairman, Comrade Ephraim James, also averred that with the national mass metering program, the era of estimated billing will be a thing of the past and urged Nigerians to be patriotic by ensuring that they pay for the electricity consumed and avoid sharp practices.
The Chairman and the NLC representative stated this at the official Flag off of the National Mass Metering Program, held on Friday, 30th October, 2020.
According to the Chairman, President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Administration is doing its best to ensure that citizens get qualitative service and the power producers and distributors like Kaduna Electric are equally committed towards that direction.
He lamented however that the lack of payment, energy theft among others are major challenges hampering effective performance.
“What we want our customers and consumers to help us do is not only to pay their bills but also to ensure that people who are stealing power are reported to the agency. Because if your neighbor is stealing power and you do not report, what you are actually doing is that you are short changing yourself” he said.
The Chairman further stressed that the Federal government is highly committed to ensuring that electricity consumers are not arbitrially charged, adding that they are doing everything possible to ensure everybody within their franchise area are metered so that what customers paid for is the exact energy consumed.
He therefore called on customers to work and collaborate with the company during and after the deployment and installation of the meters.
In his remark, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Gabriel Suswam, said the National Mass Metering Program will help in no small measure to address issues associated with energy theft.
This is just as he disclosed that the National Assembly (NASS) is doing everything possible to introduce an electricity bill to help address the numerous challenges in the power sector.
According to the Senator who performed the flagging off, “What the National Assembly is doing is to appropriate enough money to Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), so that TCN will reduce infrastructure deficit that have resulted to technical loses, I heard from them that in past few days they were able to evacuate 5000+, we need to consistently have about 7000 megawatts of electricity in transmission line and that can only happen when infrastructural deficit are reduced and for you to do that enough money must be appropriated to them to address that, so we are working on that.
“Now if we reduce the technical loses and we have about 7000 megawatts, what you have is that about 80% of customers because from the statistics they said 10 million Nigerians are on the network but only 4 million have been metered, with this programme, we expect that at least 80% or 90% of customers will be metered, once you reduce the technical loses the electricity industry will become very robust, people who are paying will have electricity almost 24 hours”.
He stressed that having 24 hours power supply will take some time but at least 18 -20 hours and for those customer providers like DISCOS there will be stability in the industry.
Senator Suswan further said, the metering of houses now, consumers will have no option but to be disciplined in the way and manner the use electricity. Bulbs and other power consuming objects will have to be put off when not in use.
“ All forms of electricity theft will equally be reduced minimally, am also sure that a mechanism of check will be put in place to avoid bypass”.
He assured Nigerians that the exorbitant charges hitherto complained about will no longer be there as the industry is now determined to operate base on service reflective tariff from cost reflective tariff.
Several dignitaries including the Deputy Speaker and Chief Whip of Kaduna State House of Assembly, traditional and religious leaders and relevant stakeholders in the electricity sector grace the flagging off program.